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LEGENDS OF HASI BArS.                                                219
was drenched with perfume.   The philosopher's stone he cast into the water,
then gave instruction: many are the legends of the kind.'5
Probably few will deny that at least in this particular passage the disciple
is more obscure than Ms master; and the obscurity, which Is a sufficiently pro-
minent feature in the English translation, is far greater in the Hindi text, where
BO indication: is given of a change of person, and a single form answers Indiffer-
ently for every tense of a verb and every case of a noun. The Bhakt-Sindhu
expands the two stanzas into a poem of 211 couplets and supplies a key to all
the allusions in the following detailed narrative:
Brahm-dhfr, a Sanadh Brahman of a village pow called Haridaspur, near
Kolj kid a son, Gyandairj who entertained a special devotion for Krishna under
Ms form of Giridhari—' the mountain-supporter'—and thus made frequent pil-
grimages to the holy hill of Gobardhan. On one such occasion he teok to him-
self a wife at Mathura. and she in due time bore him a son, whom he named As-
dhir. The latter eventually married a daughter of Ganga-d!iar5 a Brahman of
Bajpui—a small village adjoining Brinda-ban—who on the 8th of the dark fort-
night of the month of Bhadon in the samlat year 1441 give birth to Hari Das.
Form Ms earliest childhood he gave Indications of his future sanctity, and instead
of joining In play with other children was always engaged In prayer and religious
meditation. In spite of Ms parents' entreaties he- made a vow of celibacy, and at
tee age of 25 retired to a solitary hermitage by the Man Sarovar, a natural lajce
oa the left bank of the Jamuna-, opposite Brinda-ban. He afterwards removed
to the Nidh-ban In that town, and there formally received Ms first disciple,
Bithal-Bipul, who was his own maternal uncle. His fame soon spread far and
wide, and among Ms many visitors was one day a Khattri from Delhi, by name
Dayal Das, who had by accident discovered tbe philosopher's stone7 which trans-
muted Into gold everything with which It was brought in contact. This he
presented as a great treasure to tbe Swuini, who however tossed It away into the
Jamuni ; but then seeing the giver's vexation, lie took Mm to the margin of the
stream and bade him take up a handful of sand out of the water. When he
had done so, each single grain deemed to be a facsimile of the stone that had
teen "thrown away and, when tested, was found to possess precisely the same
virtue. Thus the Khattri was made to understand that the saints stand in no
need of earthly rlcaes? but are complete in themselves ; and he forthwith joined
the number of Hari Das's disciples.
Some itlevesj however, hearing that the sage had been presented with the
philosopher's stone, one day when he was bathing, took the opportunity of